Today’s Lady News: Sexual Assault Case Vs. DSK In France Dropped

  • France dropped a sexual assault inquiry against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, over lack of evidence and statute of limitations. Tristane Banon, a writer, claimed Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her back in 2003, when she came to interview him at a Paris apartment building. In a statement, police said, “What came to light is that, while there is not enough evidence to pursue on a count of attempted rape, there are elements that can be qualified as sexual assault.” However, nothing will be pursued because the statute of limitations has passed. This alleged incident came to light after DSK was accused of forcing oral sex on a woman across the pond: In May, a New York City hotel maid accused DSK of sexually assaulting her when she came to clean his room. The criminal charges were later dropped by prosecutors when past lies made by the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, on her immigration/asylum paperwork were found to be untrue and she was deemed untrustworthy. He is still facing a civil lawsuit by Diallo in the Bronx, where she lives. [NY Times]
  • Today, the House of Representatives addressed the Protect Life Act, an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka President Obama’s healthcare reform), to stipulate that new programs created under the law do not fund abortion or fund healthcare plans that cover abortion. [The Hill]
  • A little bird says feminist icon Gloria Steinem is the guest on “Chelsea Lately” tonight. I know what I’ll be watching after “Jersey Shore.” [Twitter: Fortune Funny]
  • “Voices From The Womb,” an anti-abortion group, is performing live ultrasounds today on Capitol Hill for politicians, their staff and the public to watch. From there the group will travel around the country performing ultrasounds at anti-abortion groups and churches. [Florida Independent]
  • Frisky contributer Chloe Angyal examines accusations of sexual abuse in the world of gymnastics. Recently, news broke that a former U.S. Olympic coach had been accused of sexually abusing three of his former gymnasts. [Jezebel]
  • Feminist pop culture expert Susan J. Douglas (who I interviewed last year about her new book, Enlightened Sexism) addresses “The Playboy Club” TV show and its hasty cancellation. [In These Times]
  • The sex bloggers Em & Lo say chivalry is not “benevolent sexism” — it’s just good manners. What say you? [SUNfiltered]
  • Apparently, whether Pan Am flight attendants are hotter than other flight attendants is a thing people are debating? My head hurts. [Think Progress]
  • Why are most of the cover stories for The Atlantic Monthly magazine written by women about marriage or babies? [XX Factor]
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